Zero Punctuation: Fuse

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Fuse

This week, Zero Punctuation reviews Fuse.

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So the video will not play in high quality version.

EDIT: but standard works.

and as soon as they removed the interesting art style and humor I lost all interest in this game. Still sad that it can only really be described as generic. Still I had hoped something good would have come from this game.

Poor Fuse. It's destined to be one of those mediocre "what if?" games, where the only time it's brought up is in conversations about how good it could have been.

Started off kinda slow this week, but half way through the video I could not stop laughing.

I remember the original trailer for it.

...That's pretty much the only thing i think anyone can say about it.

I must applaud Insomniac: even with all the character's heads cut off, somehow they still managed to...

*puts on sunglasses*

... Blow a Fuse

:( Oh what could have been.

:D Oh well. At least we got a funny ZP out of the boring game. That's something at least.

DVS BSTrD:
I must applaud Insomniac: even with all the character's heads cut off, somehow they still managed to...

*puts on sunglasses*

... Blow a Fuse

It really blew up in their face, didn't it?

What the fuck happened to you this generation, Insomniac? You used to be such a suave devil, and now you're just some game company that I used to know.

Yeeaah, this game sparked my interest by reminding me of Borferlands, which I love, but after hearing how bleh the game seems to be, I'm just a bit disappointed.

Whenever I see a spot of EA on a corner of a box, I start to feel: "Wooozaaa. Another damn bland shooter!"

Thanks Yathzee for showing us, how Generic some things can get :D .

Aaaand Jim Sterling was right. Never enslave yourself to focus groups, you'll just get samey-same generic piles of fuck out of your effort to reach out to others. Consumers aren't stupid, they're just afraid of not being "in" with the current trends. That, in and of itself, is stupid.

When Yahtzee went with Fuse's voice, I remembered that I wanted to listen to Mogworld again. Thank you Mr Yahtzee! :D

About the video: Well yeah, to me it went to shit when they changed the art styli and sense of humour, but I guess someone said that already

Hey we got a really funny one after a while.

I loved the cover-based shooting bit. The disheartened "... Yes" made my day.

Seriously, though, what the hell happened with this game? Overstrike looked, at the very least, highly memorable and unique, the complete opposite of "generic", and we instead wound up with a dull, gritty, cover-based shooter that nobody cares about.

Funny that, if Fuse hadn't come out, people would be saying Insomniac making a game for Xbox One would be a huge killer blow. Now it's feeling more like what happened when Microsoft nabbed RARE and we got Grabbed by the Ghoulies.

canadamus_prime:
Started off kinda slow this week, but half way through the video I could not stop laughing.

Yeah, this and the console roundup video were both really funny in a way that the show hasn't been in a while. Looks like the new console generation brought back the cynicism!

Zachary Amaranth:

It really blew up in their face, didn't it?

I really wish Insomniac would just abandon this misguided attempt to turn everything into four player co-op. The gameplay just isn't very good, even in the new Ratchet and Clank games where they have the colourful worlds and good characters going for them. Hopefully this little foray with EA taught them their lesso- nope, never mind.

Hu, I laughed // It's been a while Zero Punctuation, I forgot how funny you can be

Also, slight think about Fuse and Overstrike // They are not the same game // The guys who made Overstrike during testing could not find balance so they changed things and then changed them some more and then had to make new art assets and models cos everything had been changed and some time later a total new game was born

-M

This was the best one in a while. I was laughing so hard throughout the video.

The game appeared to have promise when it was called FUSE and the trailer reminded me of the sort of a zany parody of a mainstream genre, like 'No One Lives Forever' which parodied the Bond films. Then they went all serious and stripped the characters of their unique outfits and stuck them into matching grey uniforms, and it became just another TPS.

Not to imply that the outfits alone were the issue for me. It's just the original trailer gave the impression it would be humour-filled game with a zany take on something. It wasn't.

Insomniac, how do you go from Spyro and Ratchet and Clank to... this?

This is the first Zero Punctuation I've laughed at in a while, with the big strong white guy's "meeeeh-meeeh-meh" noise and Yahtzee's reaction to remembering Clive Barker's Clive Barkder's Jericho (by Clive Barker).

Trishbot:
...like what happened when Microsoft nabbed RARE and we got Grabbed by the Ghoulies.

Was I really the only person along with my brother that really enjoyed that game? It's no hallmark of excellence, but it was fun and different!

OT:
Yeah... run of the mill cover based shooter. Again. It's really disappointing how a genre that began fresh and exciting this generation is ending horribly overdone and bland instead of producing revolutionary ideas. I loved the idea of finally being able to actually get to cover instead of staring directly at a grey wall for a while until I get my health back/the enemy begins to reload. Meh.

Oh god... I just thought about Clive Barker's: Jericho too. God damn you!! It's like a Vietnam flashback.

OT: I was interested when this was Overstrike. I am not interested in Fuse.

Overstrike looked fun, reminded me of the incredibles which is a good thing, such a shame that all energy and life seemed to have been removed, I'm going to assume ea is to blame.

Casual Shinji:
What the fuck happened to you this generation, Insomniac? You used to be such a suave devil, and now you're just some game company that I used to know.

I think they went down in quality after A Crack in Time. Probably didn't really know what to do.

OT: I have to say that I loved Insomniac back in the day, but now I feel myself going back to Naughty Dog. I loved A Crack in Time and if the series ended with that one then I'd have accepted it since all series must eventually end. But it honestly just seems like they are trying too hard to be like the other "mainstream" games. Insomniac to me always made amazing single player games that would have me laughing and would keep me entertained, but now they are just focusing on multiplayer which I find is sad since they don't seem to make games with very good multiplayer in it. (Deadlocked is the exception in this)

I think the consensus in the other thread about Overstrike vs Fuse was that; OS had character. Fuse apparently gave up that character to play it safe. I know preview videos are supposed to look dynamic and stylish, but OS characters looked less generic. Not just clothing, but body shapes. Trying to look realistic isn't a requirement for a good game. But none the less OS is dead, Fuse rose from the ashes and fizzled. Shame that.

is it just me or at 3:08 it almost looks like he drew himself doing a boob grab

Have anyone here played the game before making a judgement?

Insomniac Games, huh?

Well, explains why they made this game.

I started yawning three minutes into the review, so... good job, I suppose?

So... it's a generic, half-assed shooter involving four people fighting against people with guns.

I think I'll stick to Borderlands. At least it makes me laugh.

DVS BSTrD:
I must applaud Insomniac: even with all the character's heads cut off, somehow they still managed to...

*puts on sunglasses*

... Blow a Fuse

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Here is a cookie that you definitely earned.

This game can't compare to Borderlands as you can not be the conductor of the poop train in Fuse.

You could say Yahtzee had a short fuse with that game. :P (Somebody kill me for that joke)

Over Strike, what a shame. You had style and humour, and then they changed you to an incredibly bland shooter. Seriously, when was making something more generic ever worked? Think about.

Resistance 3 is alright you say? Well I played the first two, and it can't be too expensive now. Thanks for the recommendation.

Insomniac made another sub-par game? What? I don't understand you. Do you mean "Insomniac are working hard on their next SINGLE PLAYER CANON SEQUEL FOR CONSOLE Ratchet and Clank installment?" Is that what you meant? Probably. That's good to know.

*quiet sobbing*

Casual Shinji:
What the fuck happened to you this generation, Insomniac? You used to be such a suave devil, and now you're just some game company that I used to know.

Insomiac is to game development what M. Shyamalamalan is to movies, made one or two good games, but when called to do something new they fuck it up each and every time.

Devoneaux:

Casual Shinji:
What the fuck happened to you this generation, Insomniac? You used to be such a suave devil, and now you're just some game company that I used to know.

Insomiac is to game development what M. Shyamalamalan is to movies, made one or two good games, but when called to do something new they fuck it up each and every time.

Well that's a bit harsh. I mean Insomniac made three terrific Spyro games and three terrific Ratchet and Clank games. Tools of Destruction and A Crack in Time had their merrits, too. So they're fine in that regard.

It's their baffling attempts to break into the gritty shooter world that has made them lose sight of where their true talents lie. Or maybe all that talent is simply all gone now.

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